Use Size it! to create a fool-proof quilting guide — Re-size a quilting design from a book or magazine and trace it onto water soluble stabilizer!
Its finally done! I pin basted my table runner. And then it sat. Does this happen to you? I'm not sure why I get so intimidated by quilting my pieces, but I do.
Well anyway — I ditch quilted it in January and then it just sat. Again.
Because I couldn't figure out the best way to mark the quilt. I haven't had really good success with marking pencils. I don't have the patience to test whether or not the markings will wash out — and living dangerously — I have been burned.
I had worked pretty had on this table runner. It is my own design and well- I didn't want to live dangerously anymore. But then it came to me- water soluble stabilizer.
So I dug out my quilting design books and picked out my designs. Then I used SizeIt! (found in Notions in the QuiltSandwich app) to enlarge the design to the right size. Then all I did was trace the design using a fine line Sharpie. I just traced the number of motifs I needed, leaving space to cut them out.
After cutting them out, I used painter's tape to secure the design to the table runner. What I really liked about the water soluble stabilizer was that I could see where I was placing the design. Very different from using a template and chalk or marker, or tissue paper. And if I didn't like where I placed it — I just pulled up the painters tape and moved the design. It was so easy! Why painter's tape? If you don't have any- you sure can use pins. But it hurts when you get stuck by pins! I just didn't want to have to be that careful when I moved the table runner around to quilt it.
I just pulled off the tape as I went along so I could keep track of what i had quilted and what was left to be quilted. My free motion quilting foot moved pretty nice over the stabilizer. I did not change the pressure of the presser foot at all.
When I was all done- all I had to do was throw it in the wash (cool water no soap.) The stabilizer vanished. I like to use 100% cotton batting- so that is why my top is so wrinkled.
I really liked this method of marking and I think I will make it my "go to".
Now- If I can just keep my cutting table clean enough so I can use it to table baste another quilt........but that's for another day!
What do you think of this idea?
Here's to joyful quilting!
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